More than 350 people received health care services at the 17th Annual Back-to-School Community Health Fair over the weekend. The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society (TLJMS) and FoundCare, Inc. partnered to host the event at the health center’s West Palm Beach location to kick off National Health Center Week, August 13-19.
Designed to offer free health services to meet the growing needs of the community, the event offered immunizations, screenings, physicals, dental checkups, health education and more. In addition, families who participated in the free medical screenings received backpacks filled with school supplies.
“We are proud to have partnered with the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society for another successful year of serving underserved, underinsured and at-risk community members,” said Dr. Oneka Marriott, Chief Medical Officer for FoundCare. “In advance of National Health Center week, we were happy to let people know that our Federally Qualified Health Center can assist families with affordable healthcare and serve as a patient-centered medical home. We are here to offer these services year-round, and are pleased to have helped families who might not otherwise get this opportunity to receive care.”
FoundCare, Inc. is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory services and X-rays, and an on-site pharmacy, all in one location. FoundCare accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale that is based on family size and income.
“We were thrilled to collaborate with FoundCare to invest in the health and welfare of vulnerable families to cultivate a healthy community,” said Dr. Litzrudy Justinvil, Health Fair Committee Chair for T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society. “We know that the cost of healthcare can be stressful for families, and access to culturally competent physicians and other clinical specialists can be limited. That’s why we love putting on this event every year.”
FoundCare staff and T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society members volunteer their time to provide services completely free of charge. TLJMS has been organizing the Community Health Fair for 17 years, offering locals comprehensive primary care at no cost, which they might not otherwise receive, from predominantly minority physicians and other clinical specialists who donate their services.
Sponsors of this year’s health fair included Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, Merrill Lynch, UBS Financial Services and Guardians Credit Union. Funders that made the health fair possible included Jack & Jill Foundation of America, Pfizer Foundation, and Quantum Foundation.
For more information about FoundCare or to schedule an appointment, please call 561-HEALTHY (561-432-5849) or visit www.foundcare.org. For more information about TLJMS, please visit www.tljmedicalsociety.org.